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CD REVIEW: Red February - On the Run

by: Cyrus Rhodes



"Good Alternative Hard rock is still alive"





Artist/Band: Red February

Album: On the Run
Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.redfebruaryofficial.com/

Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Melodic Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Silverchair, System of a Down, Filter, Alice in Chains, Blue October, Dashboard Confessionals, 5 Finger Death Punch

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Your Mistakes, Slip Away, On the Run, Do You Know

Weakness: Short sided CD, dated sounding solo guitar tonality, excessive double bass action




(SAN FRANCISCO) Red February consists of singer Marcus Cappellazzo, guitarist Markus Spohn, bassist Ed Cagnacci and drummer Luis Ordeñana.Formed in early 2013 by German guitarist Markus Spohn and Australian singer/songwriter Marcus Cappellazzo, Red February is a truly multi-national project with a one-of-a-kind sound. Markus and Marcus worked on new music and demoed over a dozen songs throughout the summer of 2013 before locking themselves in the studio with producer Tim Narducci (Spiralarms, Systematic, Forbidden) to record Red February's debut effort. Recorded in Livermore, California between September 2013 and February 2014 with San Francisco native Ed Cagnacci (Bell Tower, Officer Down) on bass, German drummer Sebastian Dunkel (Downspirit, Archer) and a guest appearance by guitar virtuoso Sean Ashe, Red February's 10 song album "On The Run" was released worldwide on June 11th 2014. In May 2014 Red February added San Francisco native drummer Luis Ordeñana to complete the band's line up and is currently preparing for nationwide touring in support of "On the Run".


The CD kicks things off with a cool into piece “Jet Pilot” a melodic yet hard hitting follow-up piece that serves up driving rock rhythm against aggressive guitar attack, meshed with impressive solo guitar and captivating melodic vocals from Cappellazzo that flow and ebbs its way through emotional fruition. Track 2 “More Than Nothing” keeps it rocking with hard hitting guitar coupled with melodic guitar riffs, impressive guitar solo and dynamic twists and turns like a violent tornado making for an impressive follow up statement. Track 3 “On the Run” serves up a creepy, dark methodical intro that eventually leads into a passionate full tilt groove, with impressive feel against heart felt vocal delivery and thought provoking lyrical content. I would classify this music as Hard Rock, Alternative Rock and Melodic Hard Rock. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Filter, System of a Down, Alice in Chains, Blue October, Dashboard Confessionals, with perhaps a dash of Silverchair, 5 Finger Death Punch. Fans of Hard Rock of the late 90's will thoroughly enjoy this CD. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very dynamic, passionate and full of musical peaks and valley. All in all this CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive writing and lyrical content, with impressive musicianship to boot. The impressive four piece is not easy to pigeonhole. Cappellazzo’s passionate baritone works well within this catalogue as he holds the melody line extremely well. He also brings intensity and power. Vocals from Cappellazzo delivers everything you would expect from a singer within this style of music. Cappellazzo reminds me of Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) and Richard Patrick (Filter). Cappellazzo is clearly the marquee talent within this unit. All songs are consistent musical experiences, and packed to the hilt with everything you would expect from a world class Hard-Rock release. All engineering's aspects check out. CD Possesses crystal clear high end clarity and thick low end frequency. “On the Run” by Red February  is definitely a full throttle CD release that showcases some amazing chops, thought provoking lyrical content, and short and sweet songs. This band is a little dangerous and not to be underestimated. All songs are sung from a deeply honest perspective that is 100% pure and genuine. From heartfelt “Back to the Start” to rocking “Your Mistake” to melodic “You’ll Never Take Me” to dynamic “Do You Know” this CD has someth8ing for just about everyone. The CD ends with 10 “Lies” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.   


As impressive as the solo guitar it – its tonality is a bit dated. Perhaps incorporate some Cry Baby Wah effects on it. Some of the double bass action is a bit excessive - give it a break. The CD is a bit short with just 10 tracks, perhaps 2-3 more songs are needed to make this a fully loaded release.


“On the Run” by Red February is an impressive 10 Track musical production from start to finish. The music is clean but heavy, but goes down smooth, with passionate messages that are sung from a deeply honest perspective. Like the aforementioned - fans that like the hard hitting 90's rock will love this CD. Its strong suit – the solid melodic consistency from these 4. I especially like how Cappellazzo carries the melody line on most of the music. There isn’t a weak song anywhere on this entire CD. In the end it proves good Hard Alternative Rock is still alive and well out in San Francisco. des  


Cyrus Rhodes